One month after a major earthquake hit Sumatra, Indonesia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is still operating mobile clinics, giving mental health support to survivors, monitoring epidemics, distributing relief items, as well as providing water and sanitation support to the severely affected areas surrounding Padang and Pariaman.
In Faradje, Haut-Uélé region, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a project in 2009 for children who were abducted by armed groups. In the first five months, MSF staff assisted 114 children. Here are three of them.
Some 900 people across Haut Uélé province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have been murdered since the end of 2008, in a string of brutal attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), an armed group active in Uganda and Sudan for over two decades. The systematic violence has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes and shelter in makeshift structures such as this one. They are receiving little assistance.
Over three days in December 2008, a total of 420 refugees and migrants made the journey from northern Somalia across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen on dangerously overcrowded smugglers's boats. At least 26 people did not survive.
Thousands of people are needlessly dying due to a severe lack of lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment in Myanmar. Unable to continue shouldering the primary responsibility for responding to one of Asia’s worst HIV crises, MSF insists that the government of Myanmar and international organizations urgently and rapidly scale-up the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Gonaïves the fourth largest city in Haiti was seriously affected by the hurricanes and tropical storms, which struck the island from mid August through early September. MSF was able to start operations soon after Tropical Storm Hanna ravaged the town and shortly before Hurricane Ike made landfall. More than a month and a half later, the situation remains difficult for the people of Gonaïves and basic needs still go unanswered.
In response to chronically high rates of malnutrition in the Northern region of Burkina Faso, MSF launched nutrition programs there in September 2007, in the areas of Titao and Yako. As of June 2008, MSF had treated a total of 13,600 children under five years of age, and 90 percent of them had recovered. Here, MSF staff and parents of malnourished children speak describe the program.